Govt Urges to provide facilities to people with disabilities
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the government decided to take steps to provide maximum facilities to disabled persons.
In November, Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Anwaar ul Haq had ordered all district and sessions, judges of the province, to give preferential treatment to the early hearing of cases about people with disabilities.
PM Khan’s say:
Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated the government’s resolve to transforming lives of differently-abled persons by offering them equal opportunities in education and employment.
With an aim to create public awareness about the rights of those suffering from disabilities, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been observed today.
It also aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development. It also increases awareness of the situation faced by people with disabilities.
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I want to reiterate our govt’s commitment to transforming the lives of those with disabilities by offering them equal opportunities in education & employment. Our Bill to empower & enable them to surmount all barriers is ready.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 3, 2018
The tweet by the premier, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, added that a bill is being devised to empower and enable differently-abled persons.
Steps to be taken for disabled children:
Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood said that practical steps shall be taken for children suffering from disabilities.
Mehmood added that such children deserve special care and that they will be fully facilitated. He further said that accessibility will be ensured for easy and safe access of such persons at public places and buildings.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
The International Day creates awareness about rights of special people. The theme for this year is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
It focuses the special people for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2030 Agenda:
The 2030 agenda places importance on issues related to sustainable urbanization, particularly in Goal 11; make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Persons with disabilities can fast-track the process towards an inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all, including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and urban development.
From DG NHS Dr. Asad Hafeez
The Director-General Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) Dr. Asad Hafeez told that though the ministry had started efforts to provide facilities to the special people, with the passage of time its scope had increased.
The Ministry of Human Rights has also started efforts to provide relief to special persons through legislation. Efforts are also being made at the provincial level. The health ministry not only gives guidelines but also shares best practices with provinces.
We are committed to mainstreaming them across all spheres of life and our bill is now ready to be presented before parliament so it can become law. But legislation is not enough – change in societal thinking is equally critical. pic.twitter.com/eGft86p7oJ
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) December 3, 2018
He said that the ministry was also coordinating with the international stakeholders and because of the efforts of Pakistan the World Health Assembly had already passed the global resolution on assistive technology.
“Moreover, the government has decided to provide medical and other facilities to disabled persons through an insurance coverage. We are also trying to play our role to ensure assistive devices for disabled persons at the regional level,” he said.
During the current year, Pakistan organized the first regional meeting to develop a strategic action framework on improving access to assistive technology in the Eastern Mediterranean region. As many as 17 countries participated in it.
The Islamabad declaration on assistive technology was signed by the member states during the 65th regional committee meeting hosted by Pakistan.
Dr. Maryam Mallick, the technical adviser on disabilities and rehabilitation at the WHO, said, “For the first time in 2017-18, Pakistan demographic health survey had included a series of questions to identify disabilities.”
The questions address six core functional domains, namely seeing, hearing, communication, cognition, walking and self-care and provide basic necessary information.